Dec 18, 2014

Historic phone call sealed Cuba deal spurred by pope Francis

President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sealed their landmark deal Tuesday in an almost hour-long phone call, capping 18 months of secret diplomacy spurred on by a personal appeal from Pope Francis to end Cuba’s isolation. It was the first time leaders ...

Dec 16, 2014

Denmark claims North Pole via Greenland ridge link

Scientific data show Greenland’s continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Danes a claim to the North Pole and any potential energy resources beneath it, Denmark’s foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said Denmark will deliver a claim ...

Dec 13, 2014

Canadian Navy bans most drinking at sea

The Royal Canadian Navy on Friday imposed an almost total ban on sailors drinking at sea, after a warship had to be recalled from an international exercise because inebriated crew members got into trouble. Sailors had hitherto been allowed to drink off duty. Now ...

Dec 8, 2014

Canadian, British embassies in Cairo closed due to security concerns

Canada’s Embassy in Cairo was closed Monday until further notice because of security concerns, an official answering its emergency telephone line said, the second diplomatic mission to shut its doors this week. A message on the embassy’s website read: “The ability to provide consular ...

Dec 8, 2014

Canada urges vigilance after online video calls for attacks

Canada’s public safety minister on Sunday urged the country be vigilant after the release of an online video in which a man believed to be a Canadian fighting for the Islamic State called on Canadian Muslims to carry out lone wolf attacks. The SITE ...

Dec 6, 2014

Second batch of children leaves Japan under Hague pact

Two children brought to Japan by their Japanese mother returned to their home in Canada last month under a treaty settling cross-border custody disputes, Foreign Ministry officials said. It was the second departure of children from Japan under the 1980 Hague Convention on the ...

Dec 2, 2014

Kurds deny Canadian-Israeli woman captured by Islamic State militants

A Kurdish official in Syria denied Monday previous reports that Canadian-Israeli Gill Rosenberg was captured by militants from the Islamic State group and a Facebook message on her page read “I’m totally safe and secure.” Rosenberg, 31, a civil aviation pilot who enlisted in ...

Dec 1, 2014

Canada 'aware' of reports that citizen was kidnapped in Syria

Canada said Sunday it was “aware of reports” that one of its nationals may have been kidnapped in Syria, amid suggestions it could have been a woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Kobani. The U.S.-based monitoring group SITE said Islamic State jihadists claimed a ...